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Classic race for hikers & trail runners!

Karwendelmarsch

Tirol’s event calendar is filled with many exciting sporting events, and one of the highlights is the legendary Karwendelmarsch. Every year on the last Saturday in August the race offers long-distance hikers and runners the opportunity to take on a physical challenge surrounded by spectacular unspoilt nature, the Nature Park Karwendel. This year, the event occurs on 27 August 2022.

The Karwendelmarsch has made history, and year after year new exciting stories are written. This is probably the best way to describe the legend: Initiated to raise funds for young Tirolean skiers, the event became Tirol's largest sporting event from 1969 to 1990. In 2009, the event was relaunched by the Achensee Tourist Board and the Olympic Region Seefeld, with the idea to offer participants a unique sporting experience while protecting resources and raising awareness for the nature reserve. The "new" Karwendelmarsch is rightly regarded as a prime example of how sports, tourism and a protected area can work together not only to organize a top event but also to convey understanding for everybody’s interests.

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The route

The starting point of the Karwendelmarsch is in Scharnitz, from where participants tackle 35 or 52 kilometres. The route travels via Schafstallboden, Karwendelhaus, Kleiner Ahornboden, Falkenhütte, Eng (finishing point of the 35 km route), Binsalm, Gramai-Hochleger, Gramaialm and Falzturn Alm to Pertisau at Lake Achensee. Characteristic features of the high alpine route are the spectacular mountain ranges, which present themselves in ever-changing formations and perspectives, and the extensive plateaus. The alpine pastures and barns that runners pass time and again lie beautifully nestled in the landscape. Ten refreshment stations along the route offer drinks and regional mid-run snacks. For route details, visit our interactive map at maps.achensee.com or the website karwendelmarsch.info.

The Karwendelmarsch, which leads through the Nature Park Karwendel, is one of Tirol’s top annual sporting events
Registration & information

Visit the official website of the Karwendelmarsch for more information about prices, results or press releases and registration for the event!

Did you know?

The number of participants is limited to 2,500 people and race spots sell out fast. Register quickly to guarantee your participation! Runners have the option to experience the “Karwendelmarsch feeling” at the Karwendelmarsch training camps.

Karwendelmarsch training camp

You've always dreamed of participating in the legendary Karwendelmarsch but you’re not sure if you’ll manage the 52-kilometre route? Book your spot now for the Karwendelmarsch training camp!

Trail runners have the opportunity to train in the Nature Park Karwendel surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Initiatives for a more sustainable event

The organizers are continuously working to improve the environmental impact of the event and are happy to consider ideas from participants. Many have suggested to eliminate plastic cups, and refreshment stations have switched to biodegradable alternatives which can be fully recycled after the race.

Planting a maple tree together with the winners of the Karwendelmarsch.
Trail runners have the opportunity to train in the Nature Park Karwendel surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Trail runners have the opportunity to train in the Nature Park Karwendel surrounded by beautiful scenery.
The right equipment and careful planning is essential before any tour. The map material is an important tool.

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